So good I'd consider naming my kid after it

Nuts about Nutella: almond cake with Nutella buttercream icing and chopped, toasted hazelnuts

 Seven years ago, Sara Rosso of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle Fabio of Bleeding Espresso had a dream. And a spoon. And with that, World Nutella...
As black as a pirate's heart. Yahaar!

Inky, spicy cuttlefish salad

Family legend tells of the time in Portugal when my brother was kidnapped by a Portuguese fisherman. Well, not exactly kidnapped. More spoilt half...
potato, tomato, onion, parsley, kate bailward

Summery Sicilian-Style Salad

I’ve been going through a difficult patch recently. It’s been hard to know how to deal with it – how to tell people. So...
pasta alla norma, kate bailward

Pasta alla Norma

When you live in Sicily you eat a lot of things with aubergine and tomato sauce. They put it on pretty much everything: pasta,...
sausage making, meat grinder

Making Sausages – a story and a process

“Fidge! Here girl!” Fidget doesn’t need asking twice. She’s hoovering up the stray bits of minced meat from the floor almost before Jim’s finished...
parmigiana alla melanzana, fava beans

Parmigiana alla Melanzana

June 2011: “You know how to make parmigiana, yes?” Stefania and I are standing outside the restaurant with the rest of the choir, waiting...
fruity almond dropscones, quasi siciliana

Fruity Almond Dropscones (wheat-free)

Ginge the cat is offended. She was trying to warm her tummy against the AGA and I was trying to cook dropscones on top...
Scrumptious sweet chestnuts and smoked ham with polenta gorgonzola by Kate Bailward

Smoky-Sweet Chestnuts with Gorgonzola Polenta Grassa

Foreword: It’s Thursday, which means that it’s Shaz’s day for working in the studio. She makes curtains and, as Mum no longer uses the...
pistachio froggy birthday cake, buttercream icing

Pistachio Froggy Birthday Cake

  Foreword: “It’s a CAKE!” My two-year-old niece’s relief is palpable. Having told me correctly that the big green thing in front of her was...